1 9 8 9 – 1 9 9 0 (USA)
14 x 30 minute episodes
Thomas “TJ” Harper (Franc Luz) is a divorced private practice attorney and single parent with three children: 15-year-old Robb (Paul Scherrer), 13-year-old Jessie (Alyson Hannigan) and 10-year-old Gene (Edan Gross).
Tom works mostly at their Connecticut home (33 Essex Drive), but he doesn’t spend enough time with the kids – and it shows.
Robb and Gene need a lot more attention than they’re getting and Jessie is trying so hard to be the ‘mother’ for this family that she’s losing out on the fun of just being Jessie.
What this family needs is somebody with a magic touch.
Enter their new housekeeper Winnie Goodwinn (Corinne Bohrer), a funky free spirit who looks like a refugee from the 60s – and who also happens to be a witch, born in Salem, Massachusetts in 1665.
Need an egg for breakfast? Poof – there’s a brood of hens in the kitchen cabinet. Robb can’t get tickets to the Pond Scum concert? Poof – two tickets pop up in the toaster. Jessie’s date turns out to be a cad? Poof – he’s a monkey . . .
But sometimes Winnie’s magic goes awry (the concert tickets turn out to be forgeries and they’re picked up by the cops) and Tom doesn’t know she’s a witch.
The kids do – but they’re not telling.
Thomas J Harper